Incest is sexual intercourse with a parent, sibling, child, or grandchild, and is an imprisonable offence. The most common forms are between father and daughter, and between brother and sister. It is often associated with learning disability, social deprivation, overcrowding, and/or a poor sexual relationship between the parents in the family. Some girls involved in incestuous relationships have sexual difficulties in later life, but the frequency of long-term ill effects is unknown. However, there is certainly a raised incidence of mental disorder, especially personality disorder. There is a greatly increased risk of genetic defects in children conceived through incest.

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